Lietkabelis starts with bang under Maksvytis

PANEVEZYS – Life under a new coach for Lietkabelis began on a good note, as the Lithuanian side marked the debut of Kazys Maksvytis with a convincing 101-72 victory against the visiting TLU Kalev at home in Panevezys on Thursday.


Now leading Group A with a 6-1 record, Lietkabelis decided to change coaches earlier this week due to struggles in the domestic league. Previous head coach Gintaras Kadziulis stayed on the team and will now serve an assistant’s role.

The Lithuanians wasted little time fooling around and jumped out to a 22-12 lead already seven minutes into the game. Having finished the first quarter with a nine point advantage, Lietkabelis consolidated their dominance by increasing the gap to 22 points.

There was simply on answer to the home side’s offensive firepower, as TLU Kalev fell behind even more in the second half, dropping to a 3-5 mark.

Lietkabelis’ big man Mile Ilic had a team-high 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, Arturas Valeika collected 13 points, seven boards, two steals and two blocks, while Arnas Labuckas also chipped in with 13 points.

For TLU Kalev, Johnny Berhanemeskel was the top scorer with 22 points and six boards, Kaido Saks dropped 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for Estonian side to even think about keeping it close.